• Scott Ambler
    Scott Ambler
    schedule 4 months ago
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    480 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Disciplined Agile (DA) is an IT process decision framework for delivering sophisticated agile solutions in the enterprise. It builds on the existing proven practices from agile methods such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean software development, Unified Process, and Agile Modeling to include other aspects necessary for success in the enterprise. DA fills in the gaps left by mainstream methods by providing guidance on how to effectively plan and kickstart complex projects as well as how to apply a full lifecycle approach, with lightweight milestones, effective metrics, and agile governance.

    The one-day workshop is not technical and is suitable for all team members. Many group exercises reinforce the principles learned. The workshop is also valuable for management tasked with moving from traditional approaches to agile.

  • Liked Sean Dunn
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    Practicing What I Preached: Confessions of a Reformed Enterprise Agile Coach

    Sean Dunn
    Sean Dunn
    schedule 5 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Agile coaching is a booming industry -- but what do companies hope to get out of coaching, and what tangible impact does coaching actually have on a team? What happens when you take an agile coach and force them to "eat their own dog food"? This is what happened to me. Join me in my personal journey of transitioning from an enterprise agile coach to a programmer on a team, and what I learned about agile, coaching, and myself in the process. 

  • Liked Evan Leybourn
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    The structure of an agile organisation - a business agility primer

    Evan Leybourn
    Evan Leybourn
    schedule 5 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Traditional business models are failing to keep up with the needs of the modern economy. While business has never been predictable, technological and cultural change is occurring at faster rates than ever before. In this climate, modern enterprises live or die on their ability to adapt – which is where Business Agility comes in. Business Agility provides a context for organisations to embrace change; changing how to think, changing how to work and changing how to interact.

    Whether you've heard of Holocracy or Teal Organisations; it seems that lean and agile business models are gaining interest across different business sectors. This is relevant to you whether you are a software developer or a CEO.

    This presentation will provide engaging and enlightening stories of Agile beyond IT; from lean startups to large enterprises. These will be reinforced with practical approaches for the design and leadership of teams, divisions and businesses across 4 key domains;

    1. The Structure of an Agile Organisation - Efficient, transparent and collaborative techniques to manage cross-functional, self-organising and potentially self-managing teams.
    2. You, the Agile Manager - What makes a good agile manager and how do their responsibilities change?
    3. Integrated Customer Engagement - Collaboration and communication techniques to build trust and deliver Customer needs efficiently, with minimal waste, and to everyone's satisfaction.
    4. Work, the Agile Way - Managing all types of business functions, from software, HR, finance to legal, by using Just-In-Time planning and incremental or continuous delivery processes.
  • Liked Maartje Wolff
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    Let’s play the ‘Choose Happiness@work’ game

    Maartje Wolff
    Maartje Wolff
    schedule 5 months ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Happiness@work is about a lot of things. For example purpose, culture, autonomy, personal grow, attention, fun, flow, results, being yourself and friendship. How are you doing when it comes to your happiness at work? This workshop is a 90-minutes fun experience by playing the ‘serious’ game ‘Choose Happiness@work’.

     

  • Liked Aino Corry
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    A Comment on How We Learn

    Aino Corry
    Aino Corry
    schedule 5 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    As an expert you will be asked to facilitate the learning of others, not to mention your personal eternal learning in your field. Join an interactive session about how our brains accept new knowledge and store it for later use. Your take-away will be three-fold; how to chunk information you give to others, how to improve your own learning AND something to entertain with at dull parties.

  • Liked Zeger Van Hese
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    The Power of Doubt - Becoming a Software Skeptic

    Zeger Van Hese
    Zeger Van Hese
    schedule 5 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner
    "I don’t know".
     
    These might just be the hardest words to say in any language. We avoid saying them, scared of coming across as doubtful and uncertain. This fear is understandable; we admire those who are knowledgeable and oozing with confidence - even more so in a professional context.
    As testers, our team members and managers expect us to be firm and certain, providing clear answers. They want us to hand them that comforting blanket of certainty. Over the past years, I grew increasingly uncomfortable with that. I ended up having a hard time being sure of anything, to the extent that my confidence as a tester started suffering.
     
    "You're rejecting certainty, just like Socrates", someone said. "That's skepticism. You're a tester, embrace it!". That sounded like a good way to get out of my little Socratic crisis, but it left me with a new challenge: how does one embrace skepticism, and how can this help me improve my testing? I wanted to get to the bottom of this and, for a year, decided to submerge myself in all things skeptic in hope of finding clues to help me with my testing and my struggles with doubt. It was a fascinating journey that brought me to both sides of the spectrum, ranging from hilosophy, religion, critical thinking to science and even pseudo-science. The latter proved to be a portal into the world of the odd, the awkward and the downright bizarre.
     
    Now that I surfaced safely, it is time to reflect and make sense of what happened. I will tell the story of how I embraced skepticism and be came a proud and reasonable doubter. I will share how this influenced my testing and how I harnessed the power of doubt: by creating a portfolio of critical thinking heuristics that can be valuable addition to any human's toolbox.
  • Liked Gautam Rege
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    Rewarding Open source with $$$

    Gautam Rege
    Gautam Rege
    schedule 7 months ago
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    20 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    What keeps Open Source contributors going?
    How do they get paid? In kind or in cash?
    Why doesn't everyone contribute? 
    Common questions, frequently discussed but the problem has not been solved. 

    Well almost! "CodeCuriosity" is a platform that measures your open-source contribution and rewards you for your effort! 

    What can be measured can be improved! CodeCuriosity helps you set goals for open-source contribution and scores it. The accrued score can be redeemed for merchandise from Github and Amazon!

    CodeCuriosity aims to be the Fitbit™ for Open Source Contributions.

  • Liked Montry Manuel
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    Thaalavattam Project - A Music Jam Session with 100 instruments

    Montry Manuel
    Montry Manuel
    schedule 2 months ago
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    90 mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    The main vision of project “ Thaalavattam” (A percussion based project) is to create music using innovative instruments made from waste plastic and metal (reduce. reuse and recycle). Thaalavattam aims to clean up the plastic waste that is plaguing India, through music. At the moment in India, Thaalavattam also conducts rhythm rush ( A drum circle event) through which we try to encourage people to recycle and re-use waste materials.

    This is a percussion-based project by Montry Manuel, which uses instruments created from waste plastic and metal with the aim to inspire people to think creatively about waste. His instruments are mainly created from reused paint cans, soda cans, PVC pipes etc. mimicking the street drummers. The basic ideology is that everyone can be a part of the circle.

  • Liked Ashwin Apte
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    Without a Data Culture, Agile is Just a Process

    Ashwin Apte
    Ashwin Apte
    schedule 4 months ago
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    45 mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    “We have tons of data, we don’t do enough with it”. Sound familiar? This is a familiar refrain from CxOs and Product leaders.

    Entire business models today hinge on the ability to extract value out of data. At the same time, Data orgs within companies have fallen behind on being able to extract maximum value from the data. As the quantum of data available explodes, and there is tremendous appetite to derive insight from the data, it is vital to ensure that the entire company has the right mindset and the right tooling for dealing with data.

    This session focusses on the key elements of building a data culture: How do we transform the organisation’s cultural fabric to make data a central part of the ethos.

  • Liked Todd Little
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    Agile Leadership: Accelerating Business Agility

    Todd Little
    Todd Little
    Kent McDonald
    Kent McDonald
    Niel Nickolaisen
    Niel Nickolaisen
    schedule 4 months ago
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    480 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Leaders today face constant, accelerating change driven by technology and incredibly high expectations from both internal and external customers. Surviving and thriving in this environment requires IT leaders who can reliably deliver the following:

    • Innovation that drives the organization forward
    • Innovation centered on creating competitive advantage
    • Results in the face of dramatic change and ambiguity
    • Excellence in delivery
    • A culture of motivation and agility
    • Relationships of trust both inside and outside of the organization

    In short, as IT leaders we need to transform our roles and our departments. But, what can we use to pull off this transformation? In this workshop, we focus on, teach and practice the tools of transformational leadership.

    Part one of the training dives deep into the Purpose Alignment and Business Value Models. These tools are proven and can be put to use immediately. Part two of the training covers tools leaders use to re-define their roles using the Trust / Ownership Model including agile principles.

    All of these tools are concrete, pragmatic, and usable. After each part of the training, participants are ready to use the tools to re-define their roles and deliver what their organizations need – brilliant leadership.

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    NoEstimates?

    Woody Zuill
    Woody Zuill
    Todd Little
    Todd Little
    schedule 4 months ago
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    480 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Let’s explore the purpose and use of estimates in the management of software development efforts, and consider possible alternatives. Why do we estimate and are we making estimates that are actually useful?  We say we depend on estimates to make important decisions, and yet we’re often disappointed by the results.

    Why are we so challenged at estimation?  Are estimates for cost, time, or effort always needed? Is it possible there are other ways to approach our work?  If we didn’t estimate, how could we still be successful at making businesses successful?

    The default use of an "estimate-driven" approach is pervasive in software development efforts, and while estimates can be useful, it is worthwhile to scrutinize our use of estimates for cost, time, and effort, and to seek better ways to manage software development projects.

    There are a number of things to explore and many questions to ask. For example, do we really need estimates for all the things we are currently using them? Are we getting a reasonable benefit from them? Is it possible to manage software development projects without these estimates, or at least with fewer estimates?  Is there a way to prove that estimates are helping us make good decisions?

    In this session we’ll participate in some interactive information gathering exercises to see if we can gain a shared idea of our current understanding of the purpose and use of estimates.  We will examine the nature of software development projects and explore some real data to shed light on the art and science of software estimation.  Our exploration goal is to see if we can work together to come up with some ideas about improving on the traditional approaches to using estimates.

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